VLJ and piston-twin manufacturer Adam Aircraft experienced a shift at the top yesterday, as former Fairchild Aerospace COO and McDonnell Douglas executive v-p John Wolf replaced founder Rick Adam as chairman and CEO. Wolf joined Adam Aircraft in February and has since served on the board as a liaison. Duncan Koerbel, who also joined the company in February, remains president.
Interviews with people of interest in aerospace, including those in industry, government and AIN’s “Bizav Warriors.” Topics include announcements of personnel changes, awards and final departures.
Bill Brown, Hawker Beech-craft’s new president for global customer support, has all the right credentials for his new job, which he started at the end of May. Brown took over the job from Randy Groom, who “recently made the decision to take some time with his family and explore new career opportunities for the future,” according to Hawker Beechcraft.
Ronald Zilberbrand resigned from Chicago-based JSSI International, the company that he co-founded. He was president of the company and executive v-p of 154 West Holdings, a holding company with direct ownership of JSSI. He has resigned to pursue other interests. JSSI CEO Rick Haskins is assuming the role of JSSI International president until a successor is named.
Jack Pelton, chairman, president and CEO of Cessna Aircraft, and John Rosanvallon, president and CEO of Dassault Falcon, have been elected to the board of Corporate Angel Network, the nonprofit that arranges free flights for cancer patients using empty seats on business aircraft. Dassault Falcon also announced the promotion of Jeff Habib to senior vice president of U.S. sales.
John Goglia, the only licensed A&P mechanic to receive a presidential appointment to the NTSB, has joined the leadership of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association as senior vice president of government and technical programs. Goglia leaves the NTSB after nine years of service. He will now spearhead PAMA’s efforts to increase public recognition and respect for aviation maintenance technicians.
Even those business aviation operators who may never want to fly into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport should be able to take advantage of NBAA’s “secure access” program. That’s because gaining entry into DCA is but one facet of the still-developing proposal.
Stephen Pope (right), AIN’s avionics editor and editor of our domestic show editions, won big at this year’s Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards, presented during the Paris Air Show last month. Pope won the Rockwell Collins Award for the best avionics submission with his article on synthetic vision in the June 2006 issue of AIN. He also came away with the Gulfstream Award for Aerospace Journalist of the Year.
Jennifer Harrington has joined AIN as a staff editor. Jennifer is a private pilot, and she put in five years as a newspaper reporter before serving as an aviation weather forecaster for the U.S. Navy.
Kevin O’Donnell has been appointed president of Crownair Aviation. He previously served as CEO and CFO.
EADS Socata has appointed Jean-Michel Leonard chairman and CEO. He succeeds Stephane Mayer, who was appointed CEO of turboprop airliner manufacturer ATR.
John Douglass, who became only the seventh full-time chief executive of the Aerospace Industries Association in 1998, plans to retire as the group’s president and CEO on December 31. The AIA was founded in 1919 and counts Orville Wright and Glen Curtiss as early members.